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Go Hibiki (火引 強 Hibiki Gō?) is a character in the Street Fighter series, and the father of Dan Hibiki.

BiographyEdit

AppearanceEdit

Go's appearance could have been inspired by an illustration showing Sagat holding a man similar to Dan by the head. The man also appears in one of Sagat's intro animations in the Street Fighter Alpha series. The character in question has been speculated to be Go, but this has never been confirmed nor denied.

In Pocket Fighter, Go remains somewhat similar in appearance to Dan, though he sports a green gi and a halo over his head. He also has more of a tengu-like appearance, with red skin, a wide double chin, and a long nose. Much like Dan, this design is a parody of SNK character Mr. Karate and his trademark tengu mask. Mr. Karate is the father of Ryo Sakazaki, whom Dan is designed to parody.

In the UDON comics, his facial features are similar to those of Tekken character Heihachi Mishima. His hairstyle is slightly similar to Dan's, but short without a ponytail; his facial structure is slightly based on his Pocket Fighter appearance, with a wide cleft chin and a slightly longer nose.

PersonalityEdit

From what is gathered from the UDON comics, Go had a very stoic and brave personality, to the point in which he would never let injustices occur around his presence. Dan almost blindly looks up to his father because of these qualities and is always constantly following the advice he gives to him, including after his death.

His Street Fighter V profile describes him as a "friendly old geezer" who enjoys drinking and sleeping.

StoryEdit

The details of Go's life are not explained in detail during the games' storyline; what is known is that Go died while trying to defend himself against Sagat after having taken out his right eye, prompting his son, Dan, to seek revenge against the then-Shadaloo agent.

It is rumored that his nose became red and big like a tengu's due to being hit on the face multiple times.[1]

AppearancesEdit

Street Fighter IV seriesEdit

In Street Fighter IV, Dan has a picture of Go hanging on the wall in his dojo, but the face is obscured by a glare of sunlight on the glass.

In Super Street Fighter IV, Go's tengu mask and green gi are worn in Dan's 3rd alternate costume set, albeit with the mask off to the side of his head rather than over his face.

Other AppearancesEdit

Super Gem Fighter Mini MixEdit

Go appears in the game and is used in several of Dan's attacks and Mighty Combos; one has Dan swinging him like a hammer, using his nose as the handle, while another has Go launching a freezing energy beam from his nose. Go even uses Akuma's Raging Demon, with the kanji of "father" (父 oyaji) appearing on his back instead.

UDON comicsEdit

Go appears in the Street Fighter Legends comics by UDON, where it is revealed that he was killed defending his dojo from Sagat and his henchmen. A Shadaloo goon was sent to the Hibiki Go Dojo to collect a 10,000 Hong Kong Dollar bribery fee for Shadaloo; the Hibiki Go Dojo was in Shadaloo country, and this required payment. Go refused to pay the bribe, and defeated the goon convincingly in a fight.

Sagat came to avenge his defeated comrade, and fought Go; during the fight, Go takes out Sagat's eye, and Sagat subsequently beat him to death.

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • The move Go used to take Sagat's eye in the UDON comics looks remarkably similar to a Dankukyaku.
  • According to the Street Fighter V character profile, Go practices Kenkasappō Buraiken (喧嘩殺法・無頼拳? roughly "Quarrel Killing Method: Ruffian Fist"), a street fighting style based on Karate. One of his techniques is the Shoten Buraikyaku (昇天無頼脚?) a finisher which delivers multiple powerful knee strikes straight to an opponent's face.[1]
    • The name and description of the movement indicates a parody of Takuma Sakazaki's Shōrankyaku ("Soaring Turbulent Legs") from Art of Fighting series.

SpritesEdit

Dan-gem-specialcombo3 Dan-gem-tengu2 Dan-gem-super3 Dan-gem-tengu Dan-gem-super5

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